Wrapping up EM & thoughts on interview season so far

  Here are some highlights of my past week with family and my quick trip to Austin, TX for the AAMC national conference. I was also able to get another interview under my belt this week which I really enjoyed. As much fun as I've had, the reality of the situation is that 3 weeks [...]

My take on STEP2, visiting family, and starting a new rotation

Hello from the other side! The biggest hurdle of my 4th year of medical school is complete! I took USMLE STEP 2 CK (clinical knowledge) this past Wednesday in Atlanta--at the same place I took STEP 1 for added nostalgia. I had a 3.5 week study period and pretty much burned out in 3 weeks. [...]

How to make the most of your summer(s)

Congratulations to all of the recent graduates! From High school, college, various health professional schools, etc. It's not easy. If you're done with school forever, I definitely envy you. This post is for college students, recent college grads who aren't matriculating into med school, and those between their M1 and M2 year with a relatively [...]

How I used my voice to make a difference at my school

I believe that as much as we are taught about path/pharm/micro and disease processes and how to work up different patient complaints, our medical education should also include discussions about unconscious bias and how it plays a role in our medical decision making. We all have biases that cause us to automatically think a certain [...]

Update: Life on internal medicine

My internal medicine rotation is off to a pretty good start! I'm 2 weeks in now. I'm working at our VA hospital taking care of patients with complicated past medical histories. All of the patients that our team has taken on since I've been here are older men--many with poor lifestyle choices that have led [...]

Trauma Surgery: Expectations vs. Reality

When I signed up for 2 weeks of Trauma surgery in my third year, I just knew it was going to be action packed. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and be pushed to work under pressure. I even figured doing it at my institution would be the best place because we're [...]

How to be the most efficient with your study time

In third year, you lose control of your schedule and are left at the mercy of your attending and residents. With the early mornings and early evenings, by the time I get home, I only have a few hours to study. Especially if I go to the gym, things are even more constrained. And I'm [...]

Surgery–A pleasant surprise!

I've just wrapped up the first four weeks of my 8 week surgery rotation. I spent this first half doing general surgery in Albany, GA which is a rural city in south Georgia. My preceptor ended up taking a week vacation during my time there, So I got to spend a week with a surgical [...]